Frijters J E R, de Graaf C, 1987, "The equiratio taste mixture model successfully predicts the sensory response to the sweetness intensity of complex mixtures of sugars and sugar alcohols" Perception 16(5) 615 – 628
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The equiratio taste mixture model successfully predicts the sensory response to the sweetness intensity of complex mixtures of sugars and sugar alcohols
Jan E R Frijters, Cees de Graaf
Received 7 February 1987, in revised form 9 November 1987
Abstract. The equiratio taste mixture model was originally developed for the prediction of psychophysical power functions of equiratio mixtures of substances that have a similar taste and that also exhibit mutual cross adaptation. Earlier studies have shown that the model is valid for mixtures of sugars and/or sugar alcohols. Two experiments are reported in which it is questioned whether the psychophysical functions of mixtures of higher physical complexity can be predicted by the model. In the first experiment the psychophysical power functions of binary and quaternary equiratio mixture types were determined experimentally and compared to those predicted by the generalized model. In the second, similar, experiment quaternary and eight-component mixture types were examined. The method of magnitude estimation, in combination with the sip and spit procedure, was used. The functions predicted by the model were almost identical to the functions established on the basis of the experimental data. These results reconfirm that the gustatory modality operates like an 'averaging' system when processing this kind of mixture. It is argued that for other kind of mixtures the model will predict incorrectly. The status of the equiratio mixture model is discussed.
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